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Are you a homeowner interested in putting your home on the market … or just wondering which features are tempting the buying public these days? The post-global recession housing market has changed and consumers have very particular tastes when they’re shopping for a new home.

Among first-time buyers, finding a home that’s equipped with the latest technology is a big consideration. Internet access is just the beginning.

They are looking for updates like the latest in home automation systems that can control the heat and air conditioning before they leave the office, remotely lock or unlock doors if required, or keep track of family pets via webcam.

Below are four features home buyers have especially sought in 2016.

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1. Updated Kitchen With An Island

The kitchen is a major focal point in the home. It’s a gathering area for food preparation and conversation. An island provides plenty of work space for family and friends to gather when entertaining.

One of the latest trends in kitchens is to add unusual lighting to the space, and this can be changed out quite easily when updating your home for sale.

2. Home Office

More people are working from home, so having a dedicated home office space is becoming a necessity. When preparing your home for showings, you can take one of the bedrooms and convert it into a home office by placing a desk, chair, and other accessories in the space.

If this is not practical, consider showing a part of a room as a home office. If you have space in your basement or attic that could be used for this purpose, get creative and help potential buyers see how it could work for them.

3. Bathroom As A Home Spa

The bathroom is meant to be a place where the homeowner can relax and unwind after a long day at work, school, or taking care of family members. Do make sure that it’s pristine and includes details like plenty of fluffy towels, fresh flowers, and scented soaps to give a spa-like atmosphere.

4. Backyard As Outdoor Room

The outdoors is considered an extension of the home to buyers, and you’ll want to make sure that it’s an attractive area where people will want to spend their time. Keep the grass cut and the patio area well maintained.

Consider adding an outdoor feature like a fireplace or a fire pit to create an area where a home buyer can picture enjoying good times with family and friends after purchasing your home.

These kinds of features are examples of the types of items that may appear on a buyer’s wish list when looking at properties. Other features, such as proximity to schools, shopping, and other amenities, may cause them to make an offer on your home.

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